Dani Hernandez has been working in the mortgage business for more than 11 years. In 2006, she started originating loans and moved into underwriting in 2009. By working on both sides of the process, Dani possesses a unique understanding of the mortgage lending process compared to other industry professionals. Dani is currently the head of compliance and underwriting at Newcastle Home Loans.
In this week's edition of Ask the Underwriter, Dani Hernandez answers a query about student loan cash-out refinances, how they're different from traditional cash-out refinance loans, and how to market the loans to your borrower.
On Wednesday, a federal judge ruled that the protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients must stay in place and that the government must resume accepting new applications for the program. This is great news for the Dreamers! But what does it mean for DACA borrowers who are looking to buy a new home this spring? This week, Underwriter Dani Hernandez provides a walk through of the FHA’s guidelines and explains the documentation needed to get your DACA borrowers into a new home using FHA financing.
Can a borrower who is married but living separately from his spouse, who makes the mortgage payments, qualify for a Freddie Mac Home Possible mortgage? Underwriter Dani Hernandez breaks down how to qualify for a Home Possible loan with ownership interest in other properties.
Ask any mortgage professional and they will tell you if you use an FHA loan to buy a new home, you must make a Minimum Required Investment equal to 3.5% of the purchase price or appraised home value (whichever is less). Most of these "experts" will also tell you this means the minimum down payment and cash due from the borrower at closing must be equal to 3.5%, and they will insist your out-of-pocket cost cannot be any less. And this misconception is so widely believed that it caused a bit of panic in my office this week. Read on to find out about how a little loophole helps avoid this problem...
Question from a loan officer: I have a borrower who is a DACA recipient. Their Employment Authorization Card was just renewed in February but with all of the uncertainty regarding the DACA Program, is it still possible for them to get a mortgage loan?
Your borrower finally found the perfect house! They send you a copy of the executed sales contract and everything is great…until you notice that the window treatments are listed as personal property to be included in the sale. Suddenly, you’re having flashbacks of your underwriter losing their $^!# because the last sales contract you sent included a lengthy list of personal items from the seller’s “Custom Man Cave” to be included in the deal. These are just window treatments though… no big deal… or is it?! Keep reading to find out!
When co-borrower income that is derived from self-employment is not being used for qualifying purposes, the lender is not required to document or evaluate the co-borrower’s self-employment income (or loss). Any business debt on which the borrower is personally obligated must be included in the total monthly obligations when calculating the debt-to-income ratio.
Ask the Underwriter is a regular column for HousingWire's new LendingLife newsletter. It features real questions asked to, and answered by, professional mortgage underwriter, Dani Hernandez. In this edition, Hernandez answers temporary employment income questions.
Question: My borrower owes the IRS approximately $16,000 for tax years 2016 and 2017. They have $20,000 in savings, but were hoping to use that money as a down payment to purchase their first home. Is there a way to get them approved without making them pay off the entire tax debt first or is this a dead deal until it is paid? And the answer is...
He wears t-shirts to his televised interviews; not very CEO. He played sports at a high level, but rarely brings it up and when he does he talks about it as a mere chapter in his life. Honestly, who plays a Super Bowl and doesn’t describe it as the defining moment in their personal journey? Casey Crawford, that’s who. His family is a big part of his life of course, but he talks about his even larger family — his coworkers — in terms that are just as glowing.
One of the things that has bedeviled mortgage financing post-crisis has been the absence of the private label mortgage backed securities market. During the peak years, private label MBS issuance topped $1 trillion. In 2017, only $70 billion of private label RMBS were issued, although that is a big increase from 2016.
Digital technology has disrupted businesses and industries from publishing to public transportation, so can the mortgage industry be far behind? Actually, anyone who’s applied for a mortgage recently will have recognized that things are already changing fast.